Fusion Academy Berkeley

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85 students
Website: https://www.fusionacademy.com/aboutberkeley/
Email: dwright [at] fusionacademy.comPhone: (510) 384-2902
811 University Ave. Suite 100 Berkeley, CA 94710
Program Type: 
Alternative school

Fusion Academy changes lives of students and their families through a personalized approach to education. Teachers first get to know their students and then teach to each individual’s strengths, interests, and learning style. Students can start at any time of the year and progress at a pace that works for them, whether accelerated or lengthened.

Students have access to over 250 middle and high school courses including a strong roster of electives like graphic design, recording arts, and computer programming. Schedules are customized to help each child find their success in school and beyond.

Middle and High School

Fusion is a private middle and high school where classes are one-to-one: one student and one teacher per classroom. This personalized environment allows our teachers to customize instruction for the academic needs of each student, and also act as a mentor for their social and emotional well-being.

Class for Credit

Classes for Credit are an option for middle school and high school students looking to improve their GPA, catch up on a missed course, or lighten their course load during the regular school year. Every class for credit is taught one-to-one in a private classroom and accepted as transferable units by most schools.

Tutoring and Mentoring

Some subjects don’t come easily and can become a barrier to moving forward – academically and emotionally. That’s why we offer tutoring across all required subject areas and for many electives as well. The Fusion approach to tutoring mirrors our teaching approach: always one-to-one.

Homework Café®

Between class sessions or at the end of the school day, homework happens in our Homework Café® – a relaxed and comfortable space where students can complete assignments with teacher assistance and meet quietly with other kids.

Parent Q&A

  • We are looking to learn more about the two one-on-one-classroom schools in the area: Tilden Preparatory School and Fusion Academy. If anyone has investigated or has recent experience with either or both of them, we would love to hear from you. Anything that you consider relevant will be news to us!

    Thank you for your help.

    [Moderator note: there are reviews for both schools, some recent, on the BPN website: Fusion ... Tilden]

    We looked at both and chose Fusion, where our son spent his junior year last year. He is now back at Berkeley High as a senior. We had a great experience and it was absolutely the right decision. I would say our kid didn’t love it, but he acknowledges that it was the right place for him at that time. Happy to chat in more detail! 

    We are right now having an awesome experience at Fusion Academy in Berkeley with our 11th grader.  The admin people are fantastic and so are the teachers. The format has worked great for our child, especially during the lock-down.  They have dealt really well with the closure and re-opening safely (now closed again).  Their format works well with video classes. Feel free to contact me if you'd like to talk further.

    I am a former Tilden parent and someone who is very familiar with the school I can truly say that Tilden is amazing. The school is able to individualize instruction to meet the need of students with multiple learning styles. The school also places emphasis on teen social-emotional support and parent communication more so than Fusion from what I have experienced. Moreover, the teachers are well versed in working with students with learning differences on all levels. Student's at Tilden master the material in a meaningful way that prepares them for the next level of study be it the  high school or the college transition. My daughter is now 20 and just thriving! 

Parent Reviews

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I have a child at Fusion Academy which is great during this pandemic because it is all 1:1 and on video when in person isn't possible.  It actually keeps my previously unengaged student totally engaged and doing homework independently for the first time ever.  I think they start in 6th grade, if you're still looking for next year.  If you look into it, ask the moderator if you can PM me (I give permission), because if you have a referring family you get a big discount. For this year, I might consider homeschooling with private tutors (some will come in person) for a kid like this. So many of these kids are just losing a year of their education (whether in private or public school). Many of them can't mentally engage over video or do the work independently and will really lose out, but they won't be alone.  For a real education during this pandemic, I think 1:1 is the way to go for many of these kids.

We didn't do it at the time, but I wish we had done Boy Scouts, or any similar organization where part of the mission is to build character and be inclusive.  We did do soccer and basketball, and each helped a little.  We didn't do therapy at that time, though we did it much later, and I can see how it could have helped.  I will suggest Fusion Academy in Berkeley at the foot of University, very accessible to may cities in the Bay Area.  My son took guitar there with Danny White (as a weekly lesson, not a class), and Danny's ability to be present and encouraging helped develop my son's confidence and calm.  Alisa Pickett is the admissions person there.  I mention that because I think every activity that helps build self-esteem or provides interactions with any guy, really, helped us.  Good luck.

Not your question, but possibly another option:  my son has been taking a once a week mentor/tutoring session at Fusion Academy near 6th and University.  Actually, he's doing electric guitar for a 50 minute lesson once a week, is what it is.  Fusion is a really fun and welcoming place.  I don't know if this fits the bill for your son, but it would be a way to get a burst of acceptance and warmth in his week.  They also have "real" classes, which your son would not be the right age for, but maybe they would let him take a weekly music lesson.  Not inexpensive, but we look forward to going every week.  I think every positive interaction is a plus for my son.